13 November 2018Last updated


How do I get the right base?

Resident beauty buff Sonam Basantani solves all your make-up dilemmas

Sonam Basantani
27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
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First base

Still not entirely au fait with foundation? Start by identifying your skin type, as it can make a big difference to how base sits on your face. Oily skins should go for a matte finish and use a liquid-to-powder foundation. Dry skins should opt for creamier foundations to give them hydration, while combination skin should choose a normal liquid base that gives a clean, neutral finish.


For dry skin: Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation, Dh260; For oily skin: Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Make-up, Dh305, Harvey Nichols; For normal skin: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Dh190.

The cover-up

Camouflage dark circles and brighten the under-eye area with a concealer that’s a shade or two lighter than your foundation. For precision, use a micro beauty blender sponge to really get in the under-eye area.


Beauty Blender Micro, Dh70, Sephora.

Meet your perfect match

Pick a colour that looks similar to your skin tone,then to test it apply some along your jawline (not the back of your hand) to blend – if it disappears then congratulations; you’ve just found the perfect shade! If not, try until you do.

What’s the best way to apply foundation?

Brush, sponge or fingers? Marc Jacobs Beauty make-up artist, Gilbert Soliz, says they’re all valid, depending on what look you want. “A brush gives an airbrush effect. A sponge allows you to build and stipple coverage, while fingers give the most natural realistic effect”.

Game, set, matte

Once you’ve picked the right base and covered up any imperfections with concealer, it’s time to set it in place. For heavier coverage, try a compact powder but for an everyday, breathable finish use a loose powder and dust on lightly all over the face using a brush. 
For the eyes, use a lighter shade of powder that matches your concealer or is a hint lighter to highlight and brighten the eye area.

Compact powder

Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder in Candlelight, Dh145, Bloomingdale’s; Clarins Mineral Loose Powder, Dh180.

Sonam Basantani

By Sonam Basantani